In year 8 students have 30 lessons a week, these are allotted as follows:
Design and technology – This is a rotation where students study food, graphics, photography, resistant materials, textiles and first aid
Personal development – Includes religious education
Arts – This is one period of art, drama and music
Below is a general overview of the topics students are taught throughout the year in each subject.
For a more in depth outline of each subject please click on the link (in each drop down) to view the full subject page.
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Baseline and Hucknall
- Observational drawing
- Mark making and texture
- Hucknall project exploring Hucknall town’s history and successes
Still life ‘generations’ and portrait
- Observational drawing
- Mixed media
- Exploring generations through objects and still life
- Artist influences
Wider world and recycled art
- Exploring art from around the world and how artists can reflect on what is happening in modern times
- Creative ideas and application
- Environmental issues
- Group work
- Location art
• Computing understanding – introducing computer science
• Cyber bullying – design and develop an anti-cyber bullying video
• Superhero website – using HTML to design a website about a superhero
• Datasheep – students must design a fit-for-purpose database
• Multi-level game design – using Kodu Game Lab to develop a game with at least three levels
• Computing knowledge and safety – malware and other threats to online safety
Design and technology
Workshop – trinket box: students will apply basic CAD design and apply basic joints to a wooden box.
Food and nutrition – health and safety along with exploration of nutrition, cutting techniques and characteristics of a broad range of food.
Textiles – Dias de los Muertos: students will explore the design aspects of this festival to create a 3D textile piece looking at key stitches.
Photography – please refer to individual photography information.
Graphic communication – students are given a design brief to design and make a new toy box.
Blood Brothers scripted
Craig and Bentley (historical)
English language and literature
Villains in literature. Core text: William Shakespeare – Macbeth
- Elizabethan context
- Shakespearean language
- Gothic description
- Develop comparative skills with a focus on language, structure and writer’s intent
- Writing to persuade
- Writing to argue
- Creative writing through description
- Revisit grammatical constructions from year 7
Crime and punishment Core text: The works of Arthur Conan Doyle
Rationale: To explore how crime and punishment have altered during history, exploring how writers have depicted crimes and how religion can have an effect on how crimes are viewed.
- Victorian context
- Crimes across time
- Human rights
- Develop a personal response to fiction and non-fiction, with a focus on language and structure
- Narrative writing
- Extensive range of vocabulary
Doomsday. Core text: Suzanne Collins – The Hunger Games
Rationale: To explore the presentation of societies in literature with a focus on the dystopian.
- Dystopian fiction
- Roles in society
- Return to comparison, adding personal response and introducing evaluation
- Developing a character voice through creative writing
- Confidently identify and apply grammatical constructions.
Theme: identity and culture
Talk about clothes and give opinions on different styles
- Learn about the weather
- Describe what you wear for different occasions
- Discuss week-end activities and give opinions and preferences
- Talk about daily routines
- Talk about sports, leisure activities
- Name parts of the body & sports injuries
Themes: identity and culture, local, national, international and global areas of interest
- Learn about different TV programmes
- Talk about music genres
- Give detailed opinions
- Talk about film genres
- Talk about reading preferences
Theme: local, national, international and global areas of interest
Destination vacations and holiday research project
- Learn about old and new technology
- Talk about how you use it for leisure activities
- Identify the risks of social media and network sites
- Discuss pros and cons of new technology
- Talk about favourite technology and gadgets
- Talk about holiday destinations
- Describe your ideal holiday
- Describe a past holiday, where you sent, and what you did
• What is Brazil like?
• Inequality in Brazil
• Development indicators
• Amazon rainforest
• Animal and plant adaptations
Coasts and oceans
• Erosion and transport
• Coastal landforms
• Management of our UK coastlines
• People and oceans
• Coral reefs
• Plastic problems
• Grand Canyon
• Mt Everest
• Forbidden places
• Great Barrier Reef
• What is Japan like?
• Ageing population
• Structure of the earth
• Power problems
• Japanese earthquake
Changing shape of Britain
• River basin
• River stages
• Somerset floods
• Who was Martin Luther?
• What was the Reformation?
• Why did Henry VIII break from Rome?
• Was Mary Tudor ‘Bloody Mary’?
• Why did Elizabeth defeat the Spanish Armada?
• Lives of Black Tudors including John Blanke, Mary Fillis and Diego
• Was the Gunpowder Plot a conspiracy?
• Why was there a civil war?
• Why was Charles I executed?
• How was England governed without a monarch?
• Why were so many people accused of witch craft?
• Why did so many people die of plague?
• European exploration of the New World
• What was the British Empire?
• How should the British Empire be remembered?
• British rule in America
• The impact of the empire on India
• The scramble for Africa
• The legacy of the British Empire
• The transatlantic slave trade
• Life on the Middle Passage
• Life on the plantations
• Slave resistance
• Who benefitted from slavery?
• Nottinghamshire and slavery
• The abolition of slavery
• Modern slavery
• Modern racial attitudes
- Industrial towns and cities
- Working in the factories
- Public health
- Popular protest
- Women in the Industrial Revolution
Democracy and society
- Edwardian Britain
- Liberal reforms
- What can the Titanic tell us about attitudes in society?
- Suffragettes fight for the vote- tactics used, outrage at Kew, Emily Davison
Fractions, conversions and statistics
- 4 operations with fractions
- Unit conversions
- Compound measures
- Real life tables
- Averages including those from tables
- Comparing averages
- Cumulative frequency and box plots
Algebra, area and 3D shapes
- Solving equations
- Laws of indices
- Changing the subject of a formula
- Coordinates and linear graphs
- Area and perimeter of shapes
- Volume and surface area of 3D shapes
Ratio, proportions and angles
- Angles in parallel lines and polygons
- Area of trapezia and circles
- Line symmetry and reflection
- The data handling cycle
- Measures of location
Find your voice 3
Keyboard skills 4
Hinduism – me myself and I – healthy choices
- Target setting
- Managing my behaviour for success
- Emotional literacy
- Personal safety
- First aid
Inspirational people/Islam (see RE curriculum), sex and relationships
- Dangers of porn
- Online safety
Civil rights rules and laws – local government careers
- Income and expenditure
- Careers skills
- The functions of local government
- Decision-making processes
Students study the same activities in years 7 to 9 as this gives them the opportunity to show a greater level of progression in their tactical awareness, knowledge of the rules and skill level in each of the activities.
- Fast shutter speed – bubble photography, splash photography and levitation photography
- Slow shutter speed – light painting and blurred motion
- Exploring editing skills
Autumn term: ethics and Hinduism
- Introduction to ethics
- Marriage in Islam
- Introduction to Hinduism
- Hinduism One God
- Hinduism One God 2
- The Person Atman
- Human life
Spring term: inspirational people and Islam
- Sporting heroes
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer
- Irene Sendler and Corrie Ten Boom
- Introduction to Islam
- The five pillars of Islam
Summer term: Martin Luther King/rules and laws
- The Civil Rights movement
- The Bus Boycott
- Success and suffering
- MLK speeches
- Free at last
- Introduction and the golden rule
- The 10 Commandments
- Kosher 2
- The 5 Ks
- Muslim food
- Muslim dress
- Health and lifestyle
- The Periodic Table
- Ecosystem processes
- Separation techniques
- Electricity and magnetism
- Acids and alkalis